Looking after your roof doesn’t have to be an expensive proposition. In fact, many roof repairs can be done by homeowners themselves, saving money in the long run. In addition, choosing the right roofing materials can mean big savings on roofing materials and installation costs, as well.
The most common roof repairs are the replacement of shingles, which can be done on your own if you are handy with a hammer and nails, or you can bring in a professional roofer. When replacing shingles, you want to make sure you buy the same size of shingle that were used previously. If your roof has more than two valleys then you need to replace all of the shingles in those valleys, and use new ones in their place. Metal roofing can be installed with or without shingles, depending on the type you choose, and you can often install metal roofing over asphalt shingles, making a seamless roof over the entire roof.
One of the most common roofing problems is water damage, and this can make it very difficult to look after your roof. Often times, you can tell when there’s water damage because there will be holes in the shingles. Other signs of water damage include mildew and mold, which will cause discoloration and blackening of your roof materials. You can prevent roof damage caused by water by installing a special leak barrier under your roof. A leak barrier will stop any water that gets underneath your roof from seeping up through the roof shingles and into your attic, which will mean less roof damage. You can often find this barrier at your local home improvement store.
Another common roofing problem is ice dams, and these can be particularly damaging if they’re near your pool. The problem with ice dams is that they form when the temperature drops near the water that’s supposed to be covering your pool. The excess water that’s created soon freezes, creating a huge ice dam. To avoid these devastating ice dams, you should keep your roofing materials away from your pool and make sure that your roofing system is installed properly. If you have a sloped roof, then you’ll want to use roof insulation to prevent heat from escaping from your roof.
Debris can also cause roof damage, especially if your roof has a gable roof. Roof debris such as leaves, twigs, and broken branches are the result of people climbing onto your roof and removing them. This causes a layer of pressure along the roof edge, which causes roofing materials to erode and become damaged. Cleaning debris from your roof periodically will help keep your roof free from debris. It can also help to prevent further roof damage, such as in the case of a roof leak.
One of the most important things you can do for your roof is to regularly inspect it. You should check for leaks, sagging areas, broken shingles, missing or rusted shingles, damaged flashing, missing gables, missing tiles, and broken or rusted nails. This will all prevent further roof damage and make your roofing system last longer. It’s important to have a roof inspection performed by a licensed roofing plumber at least once a year.
A roof inspection can tell you how well your roofing materials are performing and what needs to be done to improve the lifespan of the roof. For example, some roofing materials will start to deteriorate after they’ve been used for many years. Other roofing materials will last for several decades before they start to deteriorate. There are even some roofing materials that will last for 50 years or more! Having a long lived roofing material is important for extending the lifespan of your roof and protecting it from the elements.
Roofs that are missing shingles or have cracked shingles are especially vulnerable to weather damage. If your roof has missing shingles, this means that water can easily get inside the building and damage the roofing materials. Similarly, if your roof has cracked or broken shingles, this shows signs of water intrusion and it could lead to the roof collapsing or shingle dislocation. Similarly, damaged flashings are another way water can get inside the building and get underneath your roof. Flashings are made out of materials which are extremely durable, but they are also made out of extremely thin materials which are vulnerable to cracks. Cracks in flashings show that the roof is unstable and needs to be inspected immediately.